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Posted on 03/28/14 at 04:22 pm in response to No pause, but much disruption, in the world's warming, U.N. report finds

The new paper by the leading climatologist Dr David Legates and his colleagues, published in the respected Science and Education journal, now in its 21st year of publication, reveals that Cook(97% claim) had not considered whether scientists and their published papers had said climate change was “dangerous”.

The consensus Cook considered was the standard definition: that Man had caused most post-1950 warming. Even on this weaker definition the true consensus among published scientific...

Posted on 03/28/14 at 04:31 pm in response to No pause, but much disruption, in the world's warming, U.N. report finds

Christopher Monckton of Brenchley, an expert reviewer for the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, who found the errors in Cook’s data, said: “It may be that more than 0.3% of climate scientists think Man caused at least half the warming since 1950. But only 0.3% of almost 12,000 published papers say so explicitly. Cook had not considered how many papers merely implied that. No doubt many scientists consider it possible, as we do, that Man caused some warming, but not most warming.
And...

Posted on 03/30/14 at 01:24 am in response to No pause, but much disruption, in the world's warming, U.N. report finds

Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is a major casualty insurer. Buffett said recently that there has been no increase in unusual weather events, and that their rates have not increased as a result, and that they don't expect any future increase for several years. They have made excellent profits on hurricane insurance, because the past several years have been unusually quiet in that area.

I'm not sure of the point of this article and comments. Occasional spills in the thousands of oil shipments d happen. Do the authors want to return to bicycles; close water treatment plants that depend on fossil fuels, return to horse drawn plows, etc.
All the world's oil came from ocean algae which cooked into oil in shale, and most of it now lies in layers of limestone and sandstone beneath the ocean floor. Much more of it naturally seeps up than leaked from the BP spill or all of...

Posted on 03/21/14 at 03:08 pm in response to Those looking for war with Russia are forgetting some things

A few more successes like the Bush invasions, and the US will be bankrupt, not to mention the lives lost.
That dominos argument is what got us into Vietnam. We were too stupid to realize the Vietnamese hated and feared the Chinese and would have resisted more incursions.
IMO the 'serious backbone" comment is too silly for comment.

Posted on 03/22/14 at 09:20 am in response to Those looking for war with Russia are forgetting some things

Every Russian school child is aware of our annexation of Texas, California, etc, and sees no problem with acquiring all those Russians in tiny Crimea. Hypocrisy reigns in the West.

Posted on 03/14/14 at 02:26 pm in response to Should the U.S. go to war with Russia over Ukraine?

My impression is that Condi Rice and several Republican Senators are ready to go over the top, and lead the charge to Moscow. I'll stay in the back.

Posted on 03/13/14 at 06:48 pm in response to Renewable energy: good for the environment and the economy

If you are really worried about CO2 and global warming, support something hard and unpopular like a gasoline tax.
Despite many billions in subsidies and 'must take' laws, wind and solar combined provide a little over 1% of our total energy use. And they are too variable to replace base load electric power. Try running a hospital or our traffic signals on a quiet night.
And making moonshine from corn and soybeans is an inefficient joke which uses as much fossil energy as it...

Posted on 03/07/14 at 05:14 am in response to For a cleaner future, we need solid energy information

My reference to humans exhaling a few pounds/day of CO2 was a joke and not intended to suggest that our breathing was destroying the planet.
As to nuclear energy costs, nuclear plants cost a lot to build, especially in the US. But their operating costs are very competitive with other forms of electric generation. And the new Westinghouse AP 1000 produces a lot of kwh over its 60 year minimum life, reducing the per hour amortization cost.
Professor Abraham is indeed a leading...

Clearing all those ridge tops for wind turbines should create some interesting consequences when the next heavy rains start. Then there is the space needed for all the power lines required to bring the intermittent power to the cities.
But there are plenty of subsidies and 'must take' laws to make it all happen.